Sister to the well traveled and sometimes congested Highway 29, the north-south running Silverado Trail offers wine lovers dazzling west facing views of the Mayacamas Mountain range and the setting sun. The Silverado Trail runs through the town of Napa, and all the way up to Calistoga. From top to bottom, these are some of the most well known, and maybe some not so well known, scenic views.
Way up north, and at over 4300′, Mount Saint Helena is the sleeping giant that, on a clear day, watches California from Redding to San Francisco, and Sacramento to Santa Rosa. Forever immortalized by his honeymoon trip inspired book, the park named for Robert Louis Stevenson’s affection for the mountain, contains numerous trails and vistas. Our favorite time to go is after a cold rain, as snow will be left up there for a couple of days after!
South on the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, is a place as famous for it’s views as it is for it’s exceptional hotel and restaurant, Auburge du Soliel. The deck off the dinning room is well known to visitors and locals alike. Some would argue that watching the sunset from Auberge du Soleil with a glass of wine in hand is one of the true ‘must do’ Napa Valley experiences.
Halfway down the trail back to Napa, is an Oakville winery that has character and charm like no other. Miner Family Winery has had an epic view of the valley for nearly 20 years.
A unique perspective for a valley floor winery, the three story building boasts a great outdoor wine tasting environment. Open to the public seven days a week, you can drop by for a visual treat anytime, but book ahead with us to get the whole scope of the winery from it’s perch on the eastern flank of the Silverado trail.
Other honorable mentions include Luna Vineyards, Darioush, and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. And although it is off the Silverado Trail a bit, Palmaz Vineyards has a similar vantage of Coombsville and the south valley. If you are going to take the time to enjoy the rustic and leisurely Silverado Trail, make sure you see some world’s greatest natural beauty when you are sipping on the world’s most famous wines!